Tuesday, 15th June 2021

Sri Lanka’s entrance to space to be marked by ‘Raavana 1’ on Jun 17

Colombo, Jun 16 (BAN/CD): According to the Daily Mirror, Sri Lanka’s first satellite Raavana 1, designed and developed by two Sri Lankan research engineers will be released into orbit on Monday, June 17th, Director Communication Engineering (Project Manager Nanosatellite projects) at Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies, Kavindra Jayawardena.

Sri Lanka time Raavana-1 will be deployed to the 400km orbit at an inclination of 51.6 degrees using the JAXA (Japanese Aerospace and Exploration Agency) owned Kibo experiment module. Two more satellites from Nepal (their first satellite) and Japan will also be deployed at the same time on Monday June 17, 2019 at 2.15pm

RAAVANA-1 which is a cube-seized miniature satellite and Sri Lanka’s first research satellite built by two Sri Lankan youth Tharindu Dayaratne and Dulani Chamika marking Sri Lanka’s entrance into the space age.

Tharindu Dayaratne is an Electrical and Electronics engineer at the University of Peradeniya and a research engineer at the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies and Dulani Chamika is a Mechatronics engineer from the same institute.

The 100 cubic cm and 1.1kg satellite was designed and built at the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan.

On February 18, 2019, The RAAVANA-1 was officially handed over to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

The satellite is expected to fulfil five missions including the capturing of pictures of Sri Lanka and surrounding regions, active attitude stabilization which ensures that satellite’s attitude is stable under the influence of external talks, according to Daily Mirror.

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